Three teams look to solidify their spots in the playoffs.
Winnipeg vs St. Louis
Winnipeg faces off against second place St. Louis tonight. With only a one point advantage over Calgary and Los Angeles, look for them to have a playoff mind set. For these three teams, this week is about the phrase “win or go home.” Winnipeg has played great hockey as of late, winning 7 of their last 10 games. Look for them to carry on that momentum.
Calgary vs Arizona
Calgary, arguably, has the hardest week of the three teams looking for a wild card spot. The Flames face both the Kings and the Jets later on this week. Look for them to establish themselves versus last place Arizona. That may help them carry some confidence and momentum going into those do or die games. Fortunately for Calgary, they hold the tie breaker against Los Angeles.
Los Angeles vs Edmonton
The defending champions are currently on the outside looking in. Even with Calgary at 5-3-2 for their last 10 games, they are looking to use their physical style to ensure they don’t run short of a playoff appearance. Los Angeles faces off against Calgary Thursday in most likely a winner moves on scenario. The Ducks are crossing their fingers that they don’t have to face their cross town rivals, because we all know what the Kings can do with an 8th seed (see Sir Stanley for reference).
What Needs To Happen
Vancouver- The Canucks need one win, or losses from both Calgary and Los Angeles, to clinch a playoff berth.
Minnesota- With the 6th seed and a 3 point cushion, the Wild need at least 3 points to secure their spot in the playoffs.
Winnipeg- The Jets are only 1 point ahead of Calgary and Los Angeles. If they want to advance they need to beat out one of them. Since they end the season with a game against the Flames, it might as well be them.
Calgary and Los Angeles- To advance it is simple. Two teams enter, only one team leaves alive. With an even point total look for Thursday’s match up to be the deciding factor.